Posts Tagged ‘oak’

Tree – Using Mycorrhizae

Q: I have two large oaks on my property. I am contemplating hiring a tree specialist to care for my trees. The service includes “inoculate root zone with mycorrhizal spores and inject with biostimulants to help improve nutrient absorption and...

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Tree – Determining Age

Q: I am trying to find out the age of several live oak trees at my father-in-law’s house in north Florida. Is there some general way to determine their age based on their diameter? A: According to Certified Arborist Brian...

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Zoysiagrass – for Shade

Q: We had new zoysiagrass sod laid in our backyard this summer. We chose zoysiagrass as we were told that it will grow in the shade. In the worst shady spots, the grass has completely died and our landscaper recommends...

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Oak – Gouty Gall

Q: I would like to know what these potato-looking things are. They fell from an oak tree in my brother’s backyard in New Jersey. They look like a honeycomb inside and the tree is full of them. A: It’s a...

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Oakleaf Hydrangea – Root Rot

Q: I planted ‘Snowflake’ oakleaf hydrangeas last December. They have done great this year. But about a week ago, I noticed that the leaves on two of the shrubs were wilting. I checked around the base and there was adequate...

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Trees – Topping a Bad Idea

Q: I have a question about the sweetgum trees in my front yard. Three of them are very tall and quite ‘spindly’. I’d like to keep the trees, but I’d like for them to provide more shade. I’m considering having...

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Oak – Germinating Acorns

Q: A friend gave me some nuts from the endangered mossy cup oak. I would like to know how to start these trees and take care of them. I have access to more nuts from this tree and am interested...

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Spiny Oak Slug – Poisonous Caterpillar

Q: I have encountered a tomato plant pest that I have not come across before. I took some shots of it with a computer microscope at 10X magnification (attached). The body of this pest is green, and it has the...

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Chicken – Run Amok

Q: I have a roving flock of chicken that have taken a liking to my yard. I’m not sure where they came from (I do have a good idea though) but these chicken like to search for food in my...

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Coral Bark Maple – Root Strangling

Q: My expensive new coral bark maple is rapidly dying. I dug around the trunk and took pictures for you. Could a root be strangling the tree? A: Yes, I think circling roots are the main culprit. I can see...

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Oak – Raining Sap

Q: For the past two years, the water oak over our deck has been raining sap in the spring. It creates a horrible sticky mess that turns black and dirty. What causes this? A: I think you have lecanium scale...

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Oak – Smells Like Vinegar, Not Slime Flux

Q: I live in the northwest. Yesterday I had some oak firewood delivered and it had an extremely strong vinegar smell. I found your description of the acidic flux scent on the internet and I am very sure that it...

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Hydrangea – Root Rot

Q: I planted ‘Snowflake’ oakleaf hydrangeas last December. They have done great this year. But about a week ago, I noticed that the leaves on two of the shrubs were wilting. I checked around the base and there was adequate...

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Cherry – Gall on Leaves

Q: What’s this sprouting out of the leaves on the lower limbs of my wild cherry tree? I sprayed it with insecticide last night, but I don’t think it’s an insect infestation, is it? A: They are just harmless galls,...

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Tulip Poplar – Losing Leaves in Drought

Q: I am concerned about a couple of my larger trees on my property. They are losing a lot of leaves as if it is fall. A: The leaves they you are seeing are from tulip poplar, a common, large...

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Mycorrhizae – Effectiveness

Q: What do you think about adding mycorrhizae to the soil around a tree? A: Mycorrhizae are fungi that associate themselves with the roots of plants. The association is beneficial for both: the fungi receive carbohydrates from the tree while...

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Poison Sumac – Identification

Q: Several years ago I thought that I heard you say that there was no poison oak or sumac in Georgia. An employee of my landscaping company went to a doctor’s office with a severe rash, but the doctor told him...

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Oak Apple Gall – Identification

Q: I saw these weird things hanging off a tree sapling while walking in Mason Mill park in early May. They don’t seem to belong to the tree. Can you tell me what they are? A: They are oak apple...

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